OXFORD, Ohio – Determined to bring home a conference title, the Miami University women’s track and field team travels to Athens, Ohio for the 2014 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held Thursday through Saturday. The meet is hosted by Ohio University at the Goldsberry Track & Field Complex.

The league meet opens Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw, followed by the men’s pole vault and hammer throw, and women’s javelin. The decathlon and heptathlon also begins Thursday, and the 10,000m, the lone track event Thursday, gets underway at 8:15 p.m. The decathlon and heptathlon wrap up Friday at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s long jump at 1 p.m. Track action also resumes at 1 p.m. on Friday with the 1500m, and the 3000m steeplechase concludes the second day of action at 5:20 p.m. The women’s discus opens the third and final day of championship action Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and the conference meet concludes at 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.

At last season’s MAC Championship, Miami finished fourth totaling 105 points with six event wins. Kent State won the meet for a second consecutive year with 169 points, followed by Akron in second with 119 points. Buffalo placed third in front of Miami with 109.5 points, while Eastern Michigan took fifth (82.5) and Western Michigan placed sixth (72).

Junior Anna Lamb kicked off the 2013 MAC Championship with a victory in the 10,000m with a time of 35:06.56, becoming just the third Miamian to claim the 10K title at the conference meet. The RedHawks’ other five victories came on the final day of competition, starting with alumna Layne Baggett who won her third straight 100m hurdles title with a conference record of 13.32. Rewriting history in the event, Baggett became the first athlete at Miami to three-peat in the 100m hurdles since Becca Williams did so from 1995-97.

Now graduated Diona Graves won two events to conclude her final conference meet of her RedHawk career, winning the 100m dash in 11.66 and the 200m dash in a school-record 23.75. The RedHawks then swept the relays, winning the 4x100m relay in 45.29 and the 4x400m relay in 3:39.51, both new school records.

Heading into this weekend’s meet, Akron is the highest-ranking MAC team in the region, sitting in third in the latest USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Poll, while Kent State, which is ranked 25th in the nation, sits in eighth in the region poll. Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan are ranked 12th and 13th in the region, and host Ohio rounds out the top-15. Buffalo is also ranked regionally heading into the MAC meet, ranking sixth in the Northeast Region Poll.

The RedHawks were off from competition last weekend, completing the regular season at the Billy Hayes Invitational May 3. Lamb had Miami’s only victory of the meet, garnering the 3000m victory in a season-best 10:00.18. Sophomore Laura Bess also had a top finish on the track, placing fourth in the 1500m invitational in a career-high time of 4:24.57. In field action, sophomore Amelia Strickler placed third in the shot put by clearing a distance of 15.10m/49-6.5, while junior Adaora Anunike took seventh in the discus with a throw of 43.13m/141-6.

With the conference meet just one day away, many Miami women rank at the top or near the top of the conference in their respective events. Below is listed which RedHawks are competing in which event with their current seed time/mark. Where they rank in the MAC going into this weekend is also listed in parentheses.   

100m hurdles

Alexus Jimson-Miller – 14.16 (5th)

Xerina Hughey – 14.74 (23rd)

200m dash

Alexus Jimson-Miller – 24.84 (20th)

400m dash

Leah Coleman – 57.98 (29th)

400m hurdles

Xerina Hughey – 1:02.49 (12th)

Kathie Wollney – 1:02.65 (14th)

800m

Charlotte Myers – 2:08.91 (4th)

Taylor Wickware – 2:12.30 (10th)

Megan Beaver – 2:13.16 (14th)

1500m

Laura Bess – 4:24.57 (2nd)

Lauren Hoover – 4:37.04 (19th)

3000m steeplechase

Erica Howes – 10:46.83 (5th)

Elisa Frazier – 11:02.90 (10th)

5000m

Anna Lamb – 16:46.32 (6th)

Jess Hoover – 17:08.21 (15th)

10,000m

Anna Lamb – 34:50.02 (2nd)

Melissa Girgis – 36:23.06 (11th)

Mattie Moncayo – 37:44.91 (17th)

4x100m relay

Alexus Jimson-Miller, Erica Mudd, Lauren Schattinger, Kathie Wollney – 47.95 (10th)

4x400m relay

Leah Coleman, Charlotte Myers, Alexus Jimson-Miller, Kathie Wollney – 3:46.01 (6th)

High Jump

Erica Mudd – 1.67m/5-5.75 (8th)

Jess Baker – 1.62m/5-3.75 (18th)

Pole Vault

Taylor Brown – 3.60m/11-9.75 (21st)

Kori Tatman – 3.55m/11-7.75 (22nd)

Long Jump

Jasmine Watts – 5.66m/18-7 (15th)

Shot Put

Amelia Strickler – 15.11m/49-7 (7th)

Adaora Anunike – 13.55m/44-5.5 (14th)

Olivia Cummings – 13.38m/43-10.75 (20th)

Discus

Adaora Anunike – 50.87m/166-11 (7th)

Hammer Throw

Adaora Anunike – 48.53m/159-3 (20th)

Javelin Throw

Tori Paterra – 52.52m/172-4 (1st)

Heptathlon

Erica Mudd – 4829 (3rd)

Live results for the MAC Championships can be found here. The conference meet is the final meet of the season for the team, but those RedHawks who qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. May 29.